Film Talk & Screening: The Vanishing City
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 05/01/2012
Uploaded: 04/27/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Films, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: Capitalism, class structure, demographics, local residents, luxury high rises, neighborhoods Coalition to Pre, Saskia Sassen, Sustainability, urban culture, urban planning

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Description/Abstract: The Vanishing City is a 55 minute documentary about the development of luxury housing in New York City and its effects on people, neighborhoods, livelihoods. With decreasing opportunities for affordable or "non luxury" housing comes fewer city services, increased class inequalities, and questions of sustainability. While recession has slowed the frenetic building of luxury high-rises, the film "presents information to help people understand how it happened—in order to better think about what can be done before the building craze picks up again."

After the screening we will have a panel discussion with the filmmakers; Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University; and representatives from the Coalition to Preserve Community. We will consider the impact of luxury living on our city, as well as other major cities throughout the world -- how it is changing urban culture and redefining the metropolitan landscape.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Monday, May 7th.

Where: 306 Russell